The Paleface (1948)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1948.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Edmund L. Hartmann, Frank Tashlin, additional dialogue by Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Robert L. Welch.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hendrick.  Costume Design by Mary Kay Dodson.  Film Editing by Ellsworth…

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Becky Sharp (1935)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  Pioneer Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, from the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by George Hazenbush.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1935. Thackeray’s massive Vanity Fair…

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The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by P.J. Wolfson, Screenplay by P.J. Wolfson, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Waldo Angelo, Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1947. Pearl White was a silent…

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Lady In The Dark (1944)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the play by Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Raoul Pene Du Bois, Ray Moyer.  Costume Design by Raoul Pene du Bois, Edith Head, Mitchell Leisen.  Film Editing by Alma…

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Down Argentine Way

BBBB (out of 5) Betty Grable deservedly became a star after the release of this thrilling musical, the first of many forties hits to be set in South America. She plays a rich American girl travelling through Argentina who becomes the object of affection for a moustached horse breeder (Don Ameche), and is subsequently romanced by…

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Duel In The Sun (1946)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1946.  Selznick International Pictures, Vanguard Films.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, suggested by a novel by Niven Busch.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, Ray Rennahan, Harold Rosson.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Hal…

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For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Sam Wood.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by LeVaughn Larson, Pat Williams.  Film Editing by John F. Link Sr., Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1943.  Golden Globe Awards 1943.   This wooden…

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939. Pre-revolutionary Americans Henry Fonda and…

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King Of Jazz (1930)

JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON, PAL FEJOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1930.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Harry Ruskin.  Cinematography by Jerome Ash, Hal Mohr, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Costume Design by Herman Rosse.  Film Editing by Robert Carlisle.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.   Haphazard musical beautifully displays the excellent jazz of Paul Whiteman. Set up as a loose series of sketches,…

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